Name Alaska-Cedar (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis)
Type Softwood.
Other Names Also known as Alaska yellow-cedar, yellow-cedar, nootka false cypress, yellow cypress, Alaska cypress, sitka cypress, and white cedar.
Sources Grows along northern Pacific coast of N. America.
Appearance Generally straight grained with a fine, even texture. Bright, clear yellow heartwood and narrow, white to yellowish sapwood, barely distinguishable from heartwood.
Physical Props Light and soft with moderate stiffness and strength, low shock resistance, and very high decay resistance and dimensional stability. Poor steam bending rating.
Working Props Works easily with hand or machine tools – turns and carves quite well. Glues, screws and nails satisfactorily. Takes a fine finish and wears smooth with use.
Uses Used for interior and exterior finish, furniture, cabinetry, turnery, carving, boat building (decks, rails, paneling), marine piling, posts, novelties, engineers’ patterns, shingles, cladding, doors, and decorative veneer. Also used for battery containers due to high acid resistance.